Adapt, Survive Thrive: How the Clinical Research Workforce Rebuilds in a Post-Pandemic World (HR)
To say that 2020 kicked off with a lot of changes would be a massive understatement. Sadly, many sites have closed. Those who survived and thrived adapted their site operations and workforce. Not only are increased pipelines and rising competition prevalent, but also some roles are being displaced due to related site and sponsor adjustments. Sites will need to balance the “COVID regulatory clean up” with a plan moving forward. How can you proactively address the industry shift while also navigating these pressures as efficiently as possible? Join our workshop to gain insights on how COVID-19 has forever changed the workforce and what steps you need to take moving forward.
Molly Downhour, MHA BSN NEA-BC OCN CCRC, Executive Director Clinical Research, Medix
Nicole Mills, MS-CRM, ACRP-CP, Director of Clinical Research, Medix
Assessing the Realities of “Site Crunch” During the COVID-19 Pandemic
At the center of the clinical research ecosystem, clinical trial sites have not been immune from the larger forces currently disrupting the healthcare industry—issues being exacerbated by COVID-19.
Over the last 7 months, we have seen increasing pressures being placed on sites due to the pandemic, a problem we are calling “site crunch.” As we continue to move forward together, the question must be asked of all stakeholders in the ecosystem, “How can we help our sites adjust to this ‘new normal’ as they look to conduct research trials going forward?
Looking back to 2015, we have seen a sharp decline in sites and investigators choosing to participate in clinical research, while sponsor pipelines and clinical trial starts have exponentially risen. Fast forward to 2020, clinical trial sites are being asked to do more with less due to widespread staffing shortages caused by the pandemic. With trials increasing in complexity each year, clinical research sites are experiencing significant “crunch,” and we must anticipate the ways in which we can help our sites grow as their research pipelines grow.
Molly Hair, Director of Site Engagement and Management, WCG ThreeWire
Seth Nelson, Vice President of Clinical Strategic Solutions and New Product Development at WCG ThreeWire